Terrible Flooding in East Memphis!

With so much attention focused on the Mississippi River, I'm rather surprised that so few people are paying attention to the flooded parts of East Memphis.

This view, taken yesterday, shows Colonial Road, looking north towards Park Avenue. As you can see, the desperate residents of the area are forced to use their elaborately decorated fishing boats to get back and forth to the grocery store.

The large building in the distance, with the large domes, is believed to be Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Target is just out of view beyond the trees in the background.

Reader Comments:
May 11, 2011 06:49 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you look into the tower of the tall building with the dome on it, you can see a UFO. In the UFO is Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, and aliens of course.

May 11, 2011 09:05 am
 Posted by  warbirdali

Hmmm I am doubtful it really is East Memphis since I don't see a single Ole Miss or UofM flag on those houses. Regardless, I will be glad venice all over...

May 11, 2011 02:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The orange building on the right was the home of Prince Mongo.

May 17, 2011 11:17 am
 Posted by  mooonchild

Indeed, it seems that Audubon Lake and the Japanese Garden lake have overrun their banks and transformed the entire Poplar/Perkins corridor into a lovely Venetian waterfront landscape. Thank you for posting this, as I was unable to secure a canoe to paddle away from my desk and snap my own shots.

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